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Fort Dodge Man Pleads Guilty To Methamphetamine Conspiracy Charge

September 14, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A man who conspired to manufacture methamphetamine pled guilty September 13, 2012, in federal court in Sioux City.

Chad Panzi, 31, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, was convicted of conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine. Panzi was previously convicted of possession of a precursor with intent to manufacture methamphetamine in the Iowa District Court for Humboldt County in 2008 and Panzi was also convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine in the Iowa District Court for Webster County in 2004.

At the plea hearing, Panzi admitted that from about 2009 through November 2011 he was involved in a conspiracy which manufactured at least 50 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. According to pseudoephedrine logs obtained in the investigation, from January 2011 through November 2011, Panzi acquired at least 45.12 grams of pseudoephedrine for the purposes of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Panzi remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Panzi faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $20,000,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and at least 10 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, and Fort Dodge Police Department.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 12-3018.



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